This local phrase meaning pure life truly described our experience completely at Rio Celeste. We decided on this resort based on the overwhelming positive feedback. With such high expectations, we were still finding ourselves blown away by the warm and friendly staff and the accommodating management. Flying into San Jose, we rented a car and planned to drive. We never made it there due to a flat tire and had to turn around because the sun was setting. We reluctantly stayed in San Jose but called rio to let them know we couldn't make it. They were more than accomodating and did not charge us for that night. The drive was three hours until you turn onto a bumpy dirt roadmap then drive another hour (15 miles only) but it is so rocky it takes a long time. Just when we thought there is no way there could be a resort out in the middle of no where, we drove up a huge hill and there it was. So beautiful exactly like the pictures.
We were so impressed by the service and the way they cheerfully greeted us by our names really left a lasting impression.
We took several tours with a guy named Odir throuh the hotel. He was so helpful and was great pointing out monkeys, birds, lizards, frogs, snakes and more.
If you are someone who is looking for exciting night life or a plethora of dining options, this may not be the place for you. The one restaurant on site was amazing. My husband and I are extreme travelers and foodies and we found it to be priced well. Generous portions and absolutely delicious food. When we got there they had just hired a new cook weeks before and he was fab. I recommend the Tico soup. I had it 5 times in three days. My husband loved the casado. After this venture we also stayed in FortunA at the nayara resort. The prices there and in town were much more expensive than rio Celeste.
Upon leaving the resort at Rio Celeste we were actually hugging the friends we made that worked there. Carlos, grevein, and gustavo to name a few of the unforgettable people. We will never forget the way they made our honeymoon the best trip ever. Grevein even decorated a table for us when we had dinner with beautiful flower petals when he learned it was our honeymoon!
When we drove away greiven ran out to our car and gave us two beautiful hand carved and painted pieces of costa divan art that his friend made. We were so blown away by this gesture. We loved rio so much that when we got to nayara next, we were so homesick for rio we thought no one could ever live up to that experience. And no one has! You won't be disappointed with your adventure here!!!! Enjoy! Pura Vida!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rio Celeste Hideaway is a boutique, gourmet and ecologically orientated hotel. It provides a world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise. This hidden hotel is located in the middle of the Rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park where the amazing Rio Celeste lies. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas (bungalows) provides an exclusive retreat in which guests can relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. ... more less
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